366 Weird Movies (366 Certified Weird)

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  • 1
    Bande-annonce

    Ne vous retournez pas (1973)

    Don't Look Now

    1 h 50 min. Sortie : . Thriller et Épouvante-horreur.

    Film de Nicolas Roeg avec Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Don’t Look Now is subtly unnerving—perhaps toos ubtly—throughout. But the last 20 minutes are a truly unsettling, nightmarish experience, capped by a shocking, largely unexplained resolution that leaves it to the viewer to solve the film’s mystery. By the end, the city of Venice has turned into a strangely deserted, Gothic labyrinth that may haunt your nightmares.
  • 2
    Bande-annonce

    Silent Hill (2006)

    2 h 05 min. Sortie : . Fantastique et Épouvante-horreur.

    Film de Christophe Gans avec Chris Britton, Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Gans paints his murky canvas with the expected monstrosities from deep inside the id, but it’s the film’s disjointed storytelling that turns it from a mere visual romp through scary-town into something totally disconcerting and off-kilter.
  • 3
    Bande-annonce

    Répulsion (1965)

    Repulsion

    1 h 45 min. Sortie : . Drame, Épouvante-horreur et thriller.

    Film de Roman Polanski avec Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser

    Séances de cinéma (2 salles)
    MUST SEE

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Although there are several otherwordly, expressionistic dream sequences in the film, Polanski creates a terribly tense and claustrophobic atmosphere even before the nightmares come with odd camera angles and the strategic use of silence broken by invasive ambient noises. As Carole floats around her empty apartment, silent, alone, and ghostlike, ordinary objects and sounds take on an otherworldly quality. The effect is unlike any other.
  • 4

    Le mort dans le filet (1960)

    Ein Toter hing im Netz

    1 h 25 min. Sortie : . Épouvante-Horreur.

    Film de Fritz Bottger avec Alexander Darcey, Barbara Valentin et Rainer Brandt

    BEWARE

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Horrors of Spider Island takes place in an alternate universe that’s nothing like our own. The poor dubbing, including a mangled deep south accent, immediately takes us out of reality and makes suspension of disbelief impossible. The plot is thin as a wire, made to hang chauvinistic male fantasies on, and often seems to be improvised on the spur of the moment. Horrors of Spider Island already seems like a half-remembered bad dream, even as you’re still watching it.
  • 5
    Bande-annonce

    Les Yeux sans visage (1960)

    1 h 28 min. Sortie : . Drame et Épouvante-horreur.

    Film de Georges Franju avec Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Edith Scob

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: At least until the very final scene, Eyes Without a Face is not obviously weird at all–in fact, much of Franjou’s accomplishment is in making the fabulous, far-fetched story seems coldly clinical and real. But what gives the movie it’s staying power and makes it get under your skin is the strength of the simple images, particularly Christiane’s blank mask, which hides everything: both the horrors of her past, now written on her face in scar tissue, and her current motivations. The imagery seems to reach far beyond the confines of the story and speak to something deeper–but what? For this reason, the most common critical adjective used in conjunction with the film has been “poetic,” and the director Franjou is most often compared to is Jean Cocteau.
  • 6
    Bande-annonce

    Je suis un cyborg (2006)

    Ssaibogeujiman Gwaenchanha

    1 h 45 min. Sortie : . Comédie, drame et romance.

    Film de Park Chan-wook avec Lim Soo-Jung, Rain, Oh Dal-Su

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: The main characters—a woman who self-destructs because she believes herself to be a robot, and a kleptomaniac with a fondness for bunny rabbit masks—would, at the very least, qualify as quirky. Add elaborate hallucinatory sequences, including a massacre of the hospital doctors set to the rhythm of a gentle chamber waltz, and a flight to the Swiss Alps in the grasp of a giant ladybug accompanied by yodeling, and the movie becomes fantastic. But what makes it weird is that the director takes the principals’ delusions at emotional face value, never allowing reality to bully and overcome his madmen’s subjective worlds.
  • 7
    Bande-annonce

    El Topo (1970)

    2 h 05 min. Sortie : . Western.

    Film de Alejandro Jodorowsky avec Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    MUST SEE - Weirdest!

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: In the first scene, a man clad in black carrying an umbrella rides through an endless desert waste. Behind him in the saddle is a male child, naked except for a cowboy hat. The man stops his horse by a lonely hitching post in the sand, ties the umbrella to the post, and hands the boy a teddy bear and a locket and a photograph. The man says, “Today you are seven years old. You are a man. Bury your first toy and your mother’s picture.” He pulls out a flute and plays while the naked child follows his instructions. What makes El Topo weird is that this is the most normal and comprehensible thing that happens the film.
  • 8
    Bande-annonce

    Donnie Darko (2001)

    1 h 53 min. Sortie : . Drame et science-fiction.

    Film de Richard Kelly avec Jake Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    MUST SEE (Theatrical Cut) -or- RECOMMENDED (Director’s Cut)

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Donnie Darko at first appears to be a dizzying collision of genres, themes and ideas. For the first few reels of the film, the audience can have no conception where the film is heading. The director drops clues through these opening segments that appear at the time to be simply bizarre, but spark numerous “a-ha!” moments later, when incidents that seemed like throwaway moments or coincidences at the first glance turn out to make a sort of sense. The identity of Frank, the demonic bunny, is the most thrillingly chilling such moment. Donnie Darko creates a sense of wonder and mystery throughout its running time, and sparks hope and faith in the watcher that all will be made clear before the curtain drops. It nests this expectancy inside a bed of genuine empathy for tormented Donnie and his colorful cast of supporting characters. But perhaps the weirdest thing about Donnie Darko is that it asks us to take its plot at face value; it works very hard to try to convince us that what appear on the surface to be the hallucinations of a paranoid schizophrenic teenager are, in fact, real occurrences with a metaphysical explanation.
  • 9

    Help, Help, the Globolinks! (1969)

    1 h 11 min. Sortie : . Comédie musicale.

    Film de Gian Carlo Menotti avec Ursula Boese, Franz Grundheber, Noel Mangin

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: A children’s opera about music-loathing aliens is already presumptively pretty weird. But when the opera is made in 1968, at the height of the psychedelic sixties, and utilizes all the camera tricks, distorted electronic noises, and bizarre set designs Summer of Love filmmakers developed in an attempt to mimic the disorienting effects of LSD, there’s no more need for the presumption–we’re definitely caught in a very weird nook of film.
  • 10

    Archangel (1990)

    1 h 23 min. Sortie : 1990. Comédie, drame, romance et guerre.

    Film de Guy Maddin avec Michael Gottli, David Falkenburg, Michael O'Sullivan

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: The tale of an obsessive, grieving soldier who thinks he’s found the reincarnation of his lost love in a benighted Russian city where the citizens continue to fight a war that is over would be weird enough if told straight. Director Guy Maddin exaggerates the already dreamlike quality of this tale by clothing it in the archaic period dress of an early sound film, complete with intertitles describing the action, dubbed voices that are occasionally slightly out of sync, and casually disorienting jumps/glitches in the film. He pushes this inherently confusing story of terminally confused characters further into strange realms with deliberately surreal elements, such as women warriors going to the front dressed in elegant evening headwear, and even odder sights.
  • 11
    Bande-annonce

    L'Échelle de Jacob (1990)

    Jacob's Ladder

    1 h 53 min. Sortie : . Épouvante-Horreur, drame et fantastique.

    Film de Adrian Lyne avec Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Like many psychological thrillers, Jacob’s Ladder strives to keep the audience disoriented and off-balance, wondering what is real and what is false. The movie achieves this effect wonderfully, but what gives it it’s cachet as a weird movie are two intense hallucination sequences: one at an horrifically orgiastic party intermittently lit by a strobe light, and one where the protagonist lies helpless on a hospital gurney as he’s wheeled down an increasingly bizarre and alarming hospital corridor. Both scenes are difficult to forget, equal parts creepy surrealism and visceral body-horror.
  • 12
    Bande-annonce

    Tromeo and Juliet (1996)

    1 h 47 min. Sortie : . Action, comédie, drame, fantastique et romance.

    Film de Lloyd Kaufman avec Jane Jensen, Will Keenan, Valentine Miele

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Redoing a classic Shakespearean tragedy as a low-budget, offensive farce is a promisingly weird, if obviously gimmicky, premise. Lloyd Kaufman and his Troma team were inspired by the concept, however, and put more creativity into the project than they did in their usual formula schlock fare. The typical Troma anarchy and bad taste reign again here, but the producers add a healthy dollop of bargain-basement surrealism (Juliet’s disturbing sex dreams) and some on-the-cheap arthouse effects (the lovemaking scene in a plexiglass box against a starry backdrop). The result is a movie that’s completely unpredictable, despite a plot known to every high schooler. Tromeo is revolting one moment, and oddly sweet and beautiful the next, an incongruity that only adds to the weird atmosphere.
  • 13
    Bande-annonce

    Crazy Kung-Fu (2004)

    Kung Fu Hustle

    1 h 47 min. Sortie : . Comédie et arts martiaux.

    Film de Stephen Chow et Wellson Chin avec Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Kung Fu Hustle begins with a brutal and atypically realistic gangland slaughter on the neon-washed streets of Shanghai, and to celebrate gaining control of the city, the Axe Gang breaks into a carefully choreographed Busby Berkeley style fox trot, waving their tomahawks in the air. From this moment, the viewer realizes that they are in the hands of a maestro for whom reality is almost infinitely malleable, and who’s willing to switch cinematic styles at the drop of a hatchet to produce the effect he needs. Chow’s direction drives the movie through numerous stylistic incarnations, from absurd visual comedy through a ballet of breathtakingly beautiful and unreal violence, while quoting everything from Wong Kar Wai to The Shining and The Untouchables to Warner Brothers’ “Looney Tunes,” yet never loses its grip on the story or alienates the viewer with its madcap diversions.
  • 14
    Bande-annonce

    Blood Diner (1987)

    1 h 38 min. Sortie : . Épouvante-Horreur.

    Film de Jackie Kong avec Rick Burks et Carl Crew

    BEWARE

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Most movies featuring talking brains in a jar are weird, and Blood Diner is no exception.
  • 15

    Le loup des steppes (1974)

    Steppenwolf

    1 h 47 min. Drame.

    Film de Fred Haines avec Max von Sydow, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clémenti

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: The heavy symbolism and feverish imagery of Hesse’s masterpiece, written while Freud and Jung’s theories of the unconscious mind were still novel and revolutionary, present some weird scenarios (such as Harry entering into dream debates with the ghosts of Goethe and Mozart). When this material is adapted through a 1974 lens, an era when cinematographers hadn’t yet come down from the LSD-inspired visual experimentalism of the late 1960s, it becomes even weirder. From the Magic Theater sequence on, Steppenwolf is truly trippy stuff.
  • 16

    Le Carnaval des âmes (1962)

    Carnival of Souls

    1 h 24 min. Sortie : . Fantastique et Épouvante-horreur.

    Film de Herk Harvey avec Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    MUST SEE

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Carnival of Souls is set in the ordinary, everyday world, but as seen through the eyes of an alienated, frightened woman. The world the film depicts is familiar, but made maddeningly strange, and its the subtle, grubby touches rather than ghostly apparitions that allow this creepy low-budget wonder to seep deep under your skin.
  • 17
    Bande-annonce

    Tideland (2006)

    1 h 57 min. Sortie : . Drame et fantastique.

    Film de Terry Gilliam avec Jodelle Ferland, Jeff Bridges, Janet McTeer

    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Gilliam has described the movie as a cross between “Alice in Wonderland” and Psycho, which sounds weird enough on its own terms. He pushes the envelope of weirdness even further with his trademark visual flair for phantasmagorical set pieces, for example, with a gloriously imaginative sequences of Jeliza-Rose falling down a rabbit hole full of tumbling syringes. But even if the audience wasn’t planted firmly inside the skull of the 9-year-old heroine, peering out onto this grotesque world through her child’s eyes, the scenario would have been weird, as the world of Tideland is peopled by grossly exaggerated lowlifes who live out their lives on the lonely fringes of plausibility.
  • 18
    Bande-annonce

    Le Festin nu (1991)

    Naked Lunch

    1 h 55 min. Sortie : . Drame.

    Film de David Cronenberg avec Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm

    MUST SEE - Weirdest!

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: It begins with an exterminator who does his rounds wearing a three piece suit and fedora. His philosophy is to “exterminate all rational thought.” His wife steals his insecticide and injects it into her breast to get high, and gets him hooked on the bug power, too. A pair of cops question him on suspicion of possessing dangerous narcotics, and leave him alone in the interrogation room with a huge talking “caseworker” bug who explains that his wife is an agent of Interzone, Incorporated, and is not even human. And this is just the setup, before the film turns really weird.
  • 19

    L'Enfant miroir (1990)

    The Reflecting Skin

    1 h 35 min. Sortie : . Thriller.

    Film de Philip Ridley avec Sheila Moore, Duncan Fraser, David Longworth

    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Nothing that happens in The Reflecting Skin is literally impossible. Much of the film’s bizarre effect comes from the characters, especially the weird widow Dolphin who is obsessed with decay and destruction and whose husband hanged himself after a week of marriage. Other characters who form the background of young Seth Dove’s weird world are his perpetually on the verge of tears, creatively abusive mother; a father who reeks of gasoline and hides a secret past; a drunken neighbor obsessed with his own sinful thoughts who dresses like a Puritan; the world’s unluckiest town sheriff, who has lost three body parts to animal attacks and who wears a slice of a colander for an eyepatch; and a hot-rod hearse full of juvenile delinquents that haunts the back roads of this Midwestern farm community. Altogether, it’s a such an odd concoction of unlikely ingredients, told in a straightforward dramatic manner, that might earn the label “improbable realism” (as well as “Midwestern Gothic”).
  • 20
    Bande-annonce

    Gummo (1997)

    1 h 29 min. Sortie : . Drame et comédie dramatique.

    Film de Harmony Korine avec Jacob Sewell, Nick Sutton, Lara Tosh

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Gummo looks a lot like what might result if someone took home movies from that embarrassing, welfare-addicted branch of the family no one likes to talk about and mixed them in a blender with the final project short films from the NYU Film School graduating class of ’97.
  • 21
    Bande-annonce

    Le Dieu d'osier (1973)

    The Wicker Man

    1 h 28 min. Sortie : . Épouvante-Horreur et thriller.

    Film de Robin Hardy avec Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento

    MUST SEE

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Hardy and Shaffer create an atmosphere like no other; it’s an encounter of civilized man with strange, primeval beliefs. Select scenes are subtly surreal—observe how the villagers break into an impossibly well-choreographed bawdy song about the innkeeper’s daughter preternaturally designed to discomfit their sexually repressed guest. Other weird incidents are more outrageously in the viewer’s face: the vision of a woman breastfeeding a child in a graveyard while delicately holding an egg in her outstretched hand. Almost invisible details such as the children’s lessons scribbled on the classroom blackboard (“the toadstone protects the newly born from the weird woman”) saturate the film and reveal how painstakingly its makers constructed a haunting alternate world of simultaneously fascinating and repulsive pagan beliefs. The rituals Sergeant Howie witnesses don’t always make sense (and when they do, their significance is repulsive to him), but they tap into a deep, buried vein of myth. The viewer himself undergoes a dread confrontation with Old Gods who are at the same time familiar and terrifyingly strange.
  • 22
    Bande-annonce

    Eraserhead (1978)

    1 h 29 min. Sortie : . Expérimental, Épouvante-horreur et fantastique.

    Film de David Lynch avec Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    MUST SEE - Weirdest!

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Eraserhead is probably the greatest recreation of a nightmare ever filmed, a marvelous and ambiguous mix of private and cosmic secrets torn from the subconscious. Or, as Lynch puts it, it’s “a dream of dark and disturbing things.”
  • 23
    Bande-annonce

    Le Repaire du ver blanc (1988)

    The Lair of the White Worm

    1 h 33 min. Sortie : . Épouvante-Horreur.

    Film de Ken Russell avec Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg

    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Ken Russell throws a handful of his typically excessive hallucination/dream sequences into what is otherwise a subtle horror parody, creating a minor masterpiece of deliberate camp blooming with ridiculously memorable scenes.
  • 24
    Bande-annonce

    Begotten (1990)

    1 h 18 min. Sortie : . Fantastique et expérimental/essai.

    Film de E. Elias Merhige avec Donna Dempsey, Stephen Charles Barry et Brian Salzberg

    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: A minimalist, mythic narrative of grotesque, ritualized suffering enshrouded in astonishing abstract avant-garde visuals and a hypnotic ambient soundtrack. Love it, hate it, or admire the technique while criticizing the intent—everyone admits there is nothing else quite like it in our cinematic universe.
  • 25
    Bande-annonce

    Nostalghia (1983)

    2 h 10 min. Sortie : . Drame.

    Film de Andreï Tarkovski avec Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    RECOMMENDED

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: The fluidity between the conscious and subconscious worlds. Although it’s almost always clear whether the events depicted actually occur or are imagined, Tarkovsky is much more interested in what is going on inside the heads of his alienated Russian poet and the Italian madman than in what is happening in the “real” world. He uses strong, sometimes obscure visual symbolism and dreams to convey an affecting mood of existential loneliness.
  • 26

    La Voie lactée (1969)

    1 h 42 min. Sortie : . Comédie dramatique.

    Film de Luis Buñuel avec Paul Frankeur, Laurent Terzieff, Alain Cuny

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: In The Milky Way two worldly pilgrims make their way through a strange, heresy-obsessed world in which every maître d’ is an expert theologian and Renaissance fops duel to the death over arcane philosophical doctrines, while any random stranger they meet may actually be God, an angel, or the fulfillment of a recent prophecy.
  • 27
    Bande-annonce

    Synecdoche, New York (2008)

    2 h 04 min. Sortie : . Comédie dramatique.

    Film de Charlie Kaufman avec Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    RECOMMENDED - Weirdest!

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Charlie Kaufman. More to the point, Charlie Kaufman unleashed; unlike Being John Malkovich or Adaptation, where weird and puzzling events are given a rational (if obscure) answer by the end, the weirdness of Synecdoche deliberately frustrates all attempts at a logical solution. Hazel’s house, which burns and smokes for decades without being consumed, is shamelessly absurd. The movie is an exploration of dream logic, a life journey that fractures time, space and coherence, where individual events do not add up piece by piece on a plot level, but resolve themselves on an emotional level.
  • 28
    Bande-annonce

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

    1 h 40 min. Sortie : . Comédie et comédie musicale.

    Film de Jim Sharman avec Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: It’s a rock n’ roll musical inspired by old sci-fi and horror B-movies about an alien transvestite. From the moment Richard O’Brien conceived the idea, there was no doubt that it would be weird; the only question was whether he could mold it into something that was even mildly watchable.
  • 29
    Bande-annonce

    La Cité des enfants perdus (1995)

    1 h 52 min. Sortie : . Aventure, fantastique et science-fiction.

    Film de Marc Caro et Jean-Pierre Jeunet avec Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    MUST SEE

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: The City of Lost Children takes place in a magical city that could not exist except in the imagination, in dreams. It’s a fairy tale, but from the first scene—a child’s Christmas Eve dream that turns unsettlingly weird—it’s clear that this is no standard fantasy world that sets out a few simple deviations from our own, but instead a world of childlike wonder where the imagination is unleashed without respect for the possible.
  • 30
    Bande-annonce

    Orange mécanique (1971)

    A Clockwork Orange

    2 h 16 min. Sortie : . Drame et science-fiction.

    Film de Stanley Kubrick avec Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates

    Séances de cinéma (1 salle)
    MUST SEE

    WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Although the plot is simple, and realistic in its own speculative way, Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange is so hyper-stylized with its bizarre poetic language, sets, costumes, music, broadly exaggerated performances, and the improbable karmic symmetry of the plot that it seems to take place in a dream world or a subconscious realm. The action, which takes the form of an ambiguous moral fable, occurs in an urban landscape that’s familiar, but fabulously twisted just beyond our expectations.